New Mexico Bear Swipes At Camper

New Mexico Dept. of Game & Fish, Bear Hunting Magazine

Yesterday morning a black bear swatted at a tent occupied by a sleeping juvenile who was camping with their family at Ponderosa Campground in New Mexico.

The tent was torn and the bear’s claws grazed the back of the juvenile’s neck, causing a minor abrasive injury. The family immediately left the campground and National Park Service Rangers were informed. Because of this event, the Ponderosa Group Campground is now closed for up to 10 days, pending capture and removal of the black bear.

Although officials do not believe that it was a predatory attack, whenever there is a human injury caused by wildlife, officials take it seriously. In concordance with National Park Service policies and State Game and Fish policies, traps have been set up to capture the bear.

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